When I joined the staff of Switchback Books in 2009, I was excited to be a part of something that combined a strong mission in which I believe with an artform that I’ve loved since childhood. But when I started reading for the Gatewood Prize that first time, I began to doubt the wisdom of our (amazing and talented) Founding Editors, Hanna Andrews, Becca Klaver, and Brandi Homan.
I thought surely there must be a better way.
Because they read EVERYTHING. And not only did they read everything, but they also refused to have the other staff and readers simply vote on submissions to indicate their favorites. Nope. They discussed EVERYTHING.
At the time, I was the managing editor and I thought surely I must be doing something wrong if it was going to take THIS LONG and THIS MUCH ENERGY to read for the Gatewood Prize. Wasn’t it my job to make sure projects got done on schedule? How would we ever get a book made?
But the books get made beautifully, thanks to a staff and editors...